LOS ANGELES, CA – It looks like Mother Nature isn’t ready to let summer pass without one more good heat wave. The Los Angeles Valleys will cook in triple digit heat this weekend and above-normal temperatures all the way to the coast.
An upper-level high pressure system building off the coast is too blame. The pressure system is weakening onshore flow and an increasingly shallow marine layer, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Bruno. The hot temperatures increase the risk of fire danger across the region, too.
The high in Downtown L.A. Friday is forecast to be 87 degrees, around 10 degrees higher than Thursday, according to an NWS 7-day forecast. It will rise to 90 Saturday, then begin a slow retreat on Sunday, when it’s expected to be 89. By Thursday, the high in Downtown L.A. will be 84.
Temperatures Friday will be 3-6 degrees higher than normal in the San Fernando Valley, and 8-10 degrees above average on Saturday. Similar conditions are forecast in the Santa Clarita Valley, with a high of 97 expected Friday in Saugus, rising to 101 Saturday. But in spite of the spikes, no heat records are expected, Bruno said
Higher temperatures are also expected in inland Orange County, although the increase will be small. Sunny skies are expected in Orange County Friday, along with highs of 74 in San Clemente; 77 in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach; 84 in Irvine; 86 in Anaheim; 87 in Fullerton and Mission Viejo; and 90 in Yorba Linda, one of the county’s warmest communities, rising to 96 Saturday and falling back to 94 on Sunday.